From July 2012's East Bay Express:
Less than ten months after it first opened, it's hard to imagine the corner of 18th and Telegraph without Make Westing: Without that bright-white neon sign out front or the gaggles of glassy-eyed revelers sitting and smoking on sidewalk furniture; without the occasional bocce ball-related yelp of cheer or despair sneaking out onto the street over the music; without, well, the energy. This is a bar that's instantly hospitable to everyone: The drinks are well made, never fussy, and entirely reasonably priced; the food is easy to eat and order and markedly, wonderfully, heavy on the animal fat; and the whole vibe is lively but not too loud, nicely appointed but not too trendy, a sort of everyman bar for the 21st-century Oaklander. Turns out, you don't need to be old to be an institution.
“Roomy and good for groups”, this bar/lounge in a “prime uptown location” has become “one of Oakland’s more popular spots”; sporting a rustic/industrial look, it’s “always busy” thanks to a “nice assortment of local beers”, “delicious cocktails” and “gourmet snacks” – not to mention the “very cool” “indoor bocce ball courts”, conducive to “good ol’ drunken fun.”
Check out some of the other love Make Westing has been getting:
Sunset Magazine (And an offline story in the December 2012 issue)
AOL Travel - 48 hours in Oakland
7X7 - #34 on "Things to do in Oakland Before You Die"